Newberry seeks second-ever playoff win Saturday against Tuskegee

Raleigh YeldellNEWBERRY (Newberry)  Newberry will look to win its second-ever playoff game on Saturday as the Wolves, the No. 2 seed in Super Region 2 and the 14th-ranked team in the nation, welcome 2015 Division II Football Championship quarterfinalist Tuskegee to Setzler Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Golden Tigers are making their fourth straight postseason appearance, while Newberry has advanced to the postseason in three of the last four campaigns. The winner will take on the victor between third-seeded Florida Tech and sixth-seeded North Greenville. Should the Wolves advance past Tuskegee, the second-round matchup would occur at Setzler Field.

WHO: No. 7 seed Tuskegee University at No. 2 seed Newberry College
WHERE: Historic Setzler Field on the campus of Newberry College
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12
RECORDS:Tuskegee is 8-2, while Newberry enters the contest on a 10-game winning streak at 10-1 overall.
LIVE AUDIO:, WKDK-AM 1240 in Newberry County,, “WKDK” on TuneIn smartphone app
LIVE STATS: (link will become available Friday after it is disseminated from the NCAA)
TICKETS: $15 for adults, $5 for children up to age 18 and students with an ID. More information
PARKING: $20 for general parking, free for Athletic Club members. More information
WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny with a high of 75 degrees. Winds will be out of the southwest at four miles per hour. There is a 10 percent chance of rain.

For complete coverage
, view game notes from the Newberry Athletic Communications staff, Tuskegee’s game notes, and the South Atlantic Conference’s Weekly Report.


• Newberry is appearing in the playoffs for the fourth time in its history (third time in the last four seasons) and are a school-best No. 2 seed. With a win, Newberry would host the winner of No. 3 Florida Tech and No. 6 North Greenville next Saturday.

• Newberry also reached the postseason in 1955, losing 14-13 to Lenoir-Rhyne in the Palmetto Shrine Bowl in Columbia.

• With Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Wingate, Newberry became the 16th team in South Atlantic Conference history to win the league with an undefeated record.

• Newberry’s most recent conference title came during the 2008 season, when Newberry finished in a three-way tie for first with Tusculum and Carson-Newman at 5-2. The Wolves had not won an outright conference title since finishing 6-1 in 2006.

• Newberry has now tied a school record with 10 straight wins overall that stood since 2006. The Wolves have also extended their school record with a 10th consecutive conference win, a mark that will stretch into next season.

• The win over Wingate was Newberry’s fourth come-from-behind win of the season.

• The Wolves have spent 3:59 this season trailing by two touchdowns and have spent 266:30 (or four hours plus 26:30) leading by two touchdowns. That means 40.4 percent of Newberry’s season has been spent with a two-touchdown lead while 0.6 percent has been spent trailing by two touchdowns.

• Newberry led the conference with 15 all-SAC selections, including six players on the first-team offense. The Wolves had at least one player honored at every position on offense and defense and added a special teams selection.

• Raleigh Yeldell was named SAC Offensive Player of the Year, Newberry’s first individual award since current Kansas City Chiefs’ starting free safety Ron Parker won Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and just the second Newberry player to ever win Offensive honors (Josh Stepp – 2006).

• Todd Knight was named Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. He becomes the fourth Newberry head coach to win the honor.

• The Wolves will wear scarlet jerseys with gray pants vs. Tuskegee, which was the only jersey and pant combination that Newberry did not don during the regular season. Newberry wore all white on three occasions, all scarlet twice, and wore all other combinations once.

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